“Strong” looks different on everyone. If you’re Icelandic man-mountain Hafthór Björnsson, star of this month’s Personal Trainer section, it might look like a record-breaking 501kg deadlift. For our cover model, Bradley Simmonds, strength has meant managing setbacks and turning challenges into opportunities. And for you? Wherever you’re looking to make gains this month, we have you covered – from a comprehensive guide to bodyweight training, to a smart four-week plan for head-to-toe muscle, plus 19 ways to develop mental grit, no “manning up” required.
And there’s much more besides. Here’s a taster of what you’ll find in this month’s issue:
Bradley Simmonds: Your New Motivational Coach
When his career goalposts were shifted, Bradley Simmonds didn’t just adapt – he thrived. Now he is leading a growing cohort of followers to achieve their own success, no matter their starting point.
Why Racism is a Public Health Issue
At the height of the pandemic, black men were three times more likely to die of Covid-19 than white men. But this disparity has nothing to do with genetics and everything to do with societal inequalities, argues our guest speaker, Dr Winston Morgan. Race is a cultural concept, not a scientific one. The question is what we can do about it.
26 of the Most Influential Men in Wellness
True influence cannot be measured in likes and followers. It’s worth more than #ads and double taps. That’s why this list is different: you’ll find true change-makers, from life-saving scientists to tech innovators. These are the people making a difference to your life right now, whether you realise it or not.
How to Build Mental Strength
The key to an easier life isn’t thick skin or preternatural talent. It’s grit. But mental resilience isn’t merely a matter of suppressing your emotions. It’s about understanding them, and giving them their due. Whatever you’re up against, our experts are on hand to help you navigate life with patience and insight. Consider this a mental endurance programme – with feeling.
The Men’s Health Podcast Awards
The number of active podcasts has passed the one million mark – and with it, given rise to perpetual listener FOMO. Well, no longer. Take a seat and grab an earbud for our celebration of this year’s finest audio talent. Each of these shows is packed with advice to keep you fitter, healthier, informed and, yes, entertained.
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